Ms Simone Lodge

Research Assistant

School of Psychological Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

I currently work as a research assistant in the Physical Health in Mental Illness (PHiMI) research team, led by Professor Jenny Bowman.  This research team addresses preventive care for smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity, for people with a mental health condition.  The research is highly collaborative, with a focus on implementation and the integration of chronic disease preventive care in mental health settings. 

The current project I am contributing to will focus on building the capacity of community mental health services to provide preventive care covering three local health districts.

I have a B.Psych (Hons 1) completed 2016 - 2019.  Prior to studying and becoming a Research Assistant in 2017, my career was in the public service. I am a professional project manager with expertise in developing and implementing initiatives across organisations which are aligned to strategic directions. My biggest strengths are the ability to deliver on project outcomes, work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure engagement for implementation and solve problems.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Health behaviours
  • Integrating mental and physical health care
  • Research role
  • clinical practice change

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
520304 Health psychology 60
420312 Implementation science and evaluation 20
420313 Mental health services 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Psychological Sciences
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Bartlem K, Gibson L, Fehily C, Lodge S, Wiggers J, Bowman J, 'Multiple health behaviours and interest in change among people with a mental health condition: A brief report', Preventive Medicine Reports, 22 (2021) [C1]

People with a mental illness experience a disproportionate burden of chronic disease morbidity and mortality; contributed to by a higher prevalence of health risk behaviours that ... [more]

People with a mental illness experience a disproportionate burden of chronic disease morbidity and mortality; contributed to by a higher prevalence of health risk behaviours that increase the risk of chronic disease development. Amongst this population there is little understanding of multiple risk behaviour co-occurrence and client interest in improving multiple such risks. A cross-sectional survey was undertaken with a random selection of 557 clients of 12 community mental health services in Australia. Participants reported their engagement in health risk behaviours (tobacco smoking, harmful alcohol consumption, inadequate fruit and/or vegetable consumption, and inadequate physical activity), and those deemed ¿at risk¿ reported whether they were seriously considering improving their risk behaviours. Almost all participants engaged in at least one risk behaviour (96.1%), with 78.4% of participants engaging in two or more risk behaviours. Of those with two risks, the most frequently paired behaviours were inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption and inadequate physical activity (39.7%); of those with three risks the most common combination was inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption, tobacco smoking and harmful alcohol consumption (42.5%). Of those at risk for all behaviours, 68.4% were interested in improving multiple behaviours, and 14% were interested in improving all; with these participants being most frequently interested in changing smoking, nutrition, and physical activity (19.3%), followed by all risk behaviours (14.0%). The findings strengthen the evidence that people with a mental illness are interested in improving their health risk behaviours and indicate a need to address the multiple health risks in this population group.

DOI 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101383
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Caitlin Fehily, John Wiggers, Kate Bartlem
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $8,600

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20211 grants / $8,600

Evidence Snapshot: Interventions to reduce or prevent lifestyle risks for people with disability$8,600

Funding body: The Sax Institute

Funding body The Sax Institute
Project Team Doctor Caitlin Fehily, Doctor Julia Dray, Professor Jennifer Bowman, Doctor Olivia Wynne, Miss Jacqueline Bailey, Ms Simone Lodge, Dr Alex Metse
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2100233
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200
UON Y
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Ms Simone Lodge

Positions

Research Assistant
PHiMI
School of Psychological Sciences
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Casual Academic
PHiMI
School of Psychological Sciences
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email simone.lodge@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4055 3475

Office

Room SR209
Building Social Sciences.
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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